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Annually on June 10
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all ; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. (John 10:27-29)
Jesus affirms that no one can snatch a believer (who listens to his voice and follows him) from his hand or his Father's hand. But there’s always a possibility of a prodigal walking away from the hand of the Father and landing in grave trouble.
The protection remains as long as one abides in the shelter of the Most High, but once a believer moves out of the shelter, living a worldly life and indulging in things which are not pleasing to the Father, the shadows of darkness fall on his/her life and they suffer at the hands of the powers of darkness.
The story of the prodigal son as told by Jesus is relevant for our generation too. Believer’s desire to be blessed by God in every sphere of their lives and God does bless, but then some fall away being unfaithful to the Father who gave them their heart’s desire.
God blessed Israel and gave them promises that he gave no other nations.
He made him ride on the heights of the land and fed him with the fruit of the fields. He nourished him with honey from the rock, and with oil from the flinty crag, with curds and milk from herd and flock and with fattened lambs and goats, with choice rams of Bashan and the finest kernels of wheat. You drank the foaming blood of the grape. (Deuteronomy 32:13,14)
But they backslid, grieving the Lord who had rescued them from slavery.
Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; filled with food, he became heavy and sleek. He abandoned the God who made him and rejected the Rock his Savior. (Deuteronomy 32:15)
We have much to learn from these examples. There’s safety in the Lord’s hands. If we move out of his protection, danger lurks at every corner. So let us be firm in our decision to hear the Lord’s voice and follow him steadfastly.
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian